|the sport of descending a steep road or track on a large type of skateboard on which riders lie on their backs, descending feet first|
|Main Entry:||street luge|
|Part of Speech:||n|
|Definition:||the recreation of sledding on an inclined dry surface in a specially made toboggan; also called land luge, luge road racing|
|Example:||Street luges have been clocked moving faster than 80 mph, with the rider lying mere inches from the pavement.|
In the 1990s so-called alternative sports made inroads into the imagination and recreation time of people around the world--but especially in the United States. Figures from the National Sporting Goods Association showed a decline in participation by Americans in traditional sports, including football and baseball, in favour of such new sports as in-line skating and snowboarding. Even "extreme" sports, the playground of adrenaline junkies, high-speed addicts, and alterna-athletes, were becoming more mainstream in 1997 than ever before
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